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Mattie and Guns R Spooky Aka “Avatar” Won the Intermediate Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro with a score of 144 at the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Three- way tie for the limited Non-Pro with a score of 142.5. Youth 14-18 Champion with a score of 142, and Unrestricted Youth Champion. Mattie also won the 14-18 High Point Buckle, Unrestricted Youth High Point Buckle that she gave to her friend Susie Dunn, and USA Reining and AQHA. Mattie and her horse Guns R Spooky Aka “Avatar” had an awesome 2018 NRHA Derby!

Born into a horse family, it’s not surprising that Mattie wanted to take lessons at the age of five. By the age of eight, someone mentioned to contact Casey Deary. “I didn’t know anything about the sport of reining, but I took a one-hour lesson, which turned into a two-hour lesson.” Mattie said; “I fell in love with reining and Casey was so awesome. I had a short stirrup horse that I showed for two years.” Mattie had a horse that she was showing but they didn’t connect very well. She took an eight month break from horses. During that break Mattie felt there was always something missing in her life and couldn’t stand being away from horses and training. “One day Casey called and had this horse that he wanted me to try.” Her mom told Casey she was at school and could not try the horse. Casey kept calling and finally convinced her mom to give the horse a try. As soon as Mattie got on this horse he felt good. Not only because he was talented, but they really got along with each other. The horse had just turned five. “Long story short, we ended up purchasing him. He came from Ben Baldus at the Waggoner Ranch where Ben did an amazing job training him starting from the age of two.

We brought “Avatar” home and would haul him over to Casey’s for training 2 to 3 times a week.” Mattie has always maintained him and gets training at the Deary Ranch. Mattie stated how appreciative she is of Casey Deary and all of the assistants that help her in training.

We asked who she is thankful for and she stated, “My parents have devoted their entire lives to my interest in reining. They have given all their time into helping my brother and I do what we love and enjoy. I remain extremely thankful to them because none of this would have ever happened without them. They’ve been there every step of the way for whatever I’ve wanted to do.”

Mattie’s 10yr old brother Jace has also started to take reining lessons on her old short stirrup horse “Marty”. He is training with “The Global Cowboy”, Ed Harrison.  Asked what he thinks of his sister, “I think she is doing great, she’s awesome.”

Madison "Mattie" Gustin - 2018 NRHA DERBY

Madison "Mattie" Gustin - 2018 NRHA DERBY

Madison "Mattie" Gustin - 2018 NRHA DERBY

Madison "Mattie" Gustin - 2018 NRHA DERBY

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